If you’ve ever struggled to get freedom from sin in your life you realize what a frustrating experience it can be. No matter how hard you try to “do better”, you can’t seem to get away from yourself long enough to see lasting change. You fall in sin, followed by feeling guilty and condemned, wondering if God still loves you. After a while, you brush yourself off and recommit to “doing better this time”! Yet, after a little while, temptation gets the best of you and you fall again, repeating this frustrating cycle. Can you relate to this? I’m sure you can… we all can! But this is not how God intended for you to live your life… actually, it’s a poor substitute for the life of victory Jesus promised to give you! Let me explain…
Have you ever looked at the facts of your situation and come to the conclusion there was no way out, there was nothing you could do? Most likely you have, and it’s no fun. Feeling hopeless because you have no options drains the life out of you. It drains your vitality and darkens your perspective, tempting you to give up on the situation, maybe even on life. At some point in life, everyone will feel hopeless about a situation they face. When life keeps throwing punches, it’s easy to want to give up and throw in the towel! But there is a way through to the other side, and it’s a shorter path than you might think! In fact, as counterintuitive as it seems, when you choose faith over the facts your entire outlook can change in an instant! This small choice produces a massive perspective change and fills you with new hope! Let me explain how…
We live in perilous times and it is exactly times like these where God wants to shine His light through His church the brightest. People all around us need Jesus and the closer we walk to Jesus, the more His light will shine through us! Therefore, we challenge you to join us on a journey that will take your faith further, transform your life, and allow the light of Christ to shine through you in new ways this year! This is a challenge that anyone and everyone can participate in to some capacity, regardless of your spiritual maturity or physical health. If you want to grow closer to Jesus and transform your life, then keep reading to see how you can join the 21 Day Challenge!
Anxiety sucks, to put it bluntly. It sucks the life out of you, which is the very opposite of the abundant life Jesus promised you. People spend too much time worrying about things they can’t control or worse, things that might not even happen. Have you ever been guilty of that? Have you ever found yourself worried about something that didn’t turn out as you thought it would? Usually, the worry is worse than the circumstance itself! There are a number of reasons for experiencing anxiety, but at the root of them all is this… a lack of trust in God’s character towards us! When Jesus promised to give you abundant life, anxiety was never intended to be a part of the package. Yet so many of us live with anxiety every day. It doesn’t have to be this way though. You can overcome anxiety and discover the abundant life Jesus promised you.
As I look around, I can’t help but feel uneasy with the state of Christianity in America. So many Christians don’t seem to be walking in the fullness of God’s purposes and promises. They have believed the gospel message and know they are going to heaven… but that’s about it. Sure, there are the standard Christian habits tacked on: read your bible, pray, go to church, etc. But beyond that, many haven’t gone much further in their faith because they haven’t been taught the fullness of the gospel message and how God intended it to transform their lives.
As the current year draws to a close and a new one quickly approaches, there are probably a lot of hopes and goals you have for the new year! Unfortunately, when New Years rolls around most of us tend to make a list of more things (resolutions) we want to accomplish. These things tend to leave us discouraged and worn out. Our addiction to busyness has become like a badge of honor in today’s culture. The more you are doing the more valuable you must be…, right? When put like that, the answer seems obvious… of course not. There is, however, one habit you can pursue that will skyrocket your spiritual growth. Rather than leaving you discouraged and worn out, it can refresh your soul on a daily basis. But first, you might need to deal with one major hindrance to this life-changing habit.
This has been a crazy year… forgive me for stating the obvious. Many of the things people once held dear or found security in have been undermined. Governments seem less stable, political systems are being called into question, physical health has been attacked, among many other things that have destabilized people’s lives. It would be bad enough if this were only true of those outside the church, but it isn’t. Many Christians have also experienced this destabilization effect in their lives. As times seem more and more uncertain, their hope wanes. As we move into the future, it is more important than ever that we learn how to have unshakeable hope!